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St. Gregory . . . On The Balance Of Love And Correction

July 20, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on St. Gregory . . . On The Balance Of Love And Correction

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on July 11. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + Applying salutary discipline, and balancing it with necessary consolations and encouragement is never an easy task. It is possible that parents can be too severe on their children, such that they become disheartened, and lack necessary self-esteem. But it is also possible that parents can be too lax such that their children become spoiled and lack proper self-discipline and humility.Hence Scripture seeking to balance teaching with encouragement says, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).Pastors too in their leadership of parishes need also to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. John Houghton, Protomartyr

July 19, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . St. John Houghton, Protomartyr

By DEB PIROCH The Carthusians were a medieval order that King Henry II brought over to England as part of his penance for the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket. They were widely esteemed and when St. Thomas More was discerning his way in life, and studying law and passing the bar, he spent four years of his life living with the Carthusians. This informed his habits and conscience beautifully, rising at 2 a.m. and praying an adapted Liturgy of the Hours, in addition to the Divine Office, and the Psalms.Likely much of this carried into his secular life, where he built a chapel as soon as he was able, ending days with family prayer, and secretly wearing a hair shirt…Continue Reading

Live The Lord’s Prayer

July 18, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Live The Lord’s Prayer

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Gen. 18:20-32Col. 2:12-14Luke 11:1-13 In the Gospel reading today we are presented with St. Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer (we normally pray the version from St. Matthew’s Gospel). Regardless of which version we consider, the critical issue for each of us is whether or not we truly believe what we pray. It is so easy with vocal prayers, once memorized, to just say the words without really thinking about what, or to whom, we are praying.We begin by addressing God as our Father. Do you see Him that way? Do you have a relationship with Him that is appropriate for a son or a daughter? Everything that…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 15, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Was James, the “brother of the Lord,” mentioned in Gal. 1:19, an apostle, a bishop, or cousin of Jesus? Did he head the early Church alongside St. Peter? – D.H., Iowa.A. This James was not one of the Twelve Apostles, but he was the first bishop of the Catholic community in Jerusalem and was martyred there in AD 62. He played a major role at the decision of the Council of Jerusalem in AD 49, which concluded that Gentiles did not have to observe Jewish practices before becoming Christians.This James was probably one of the four “brothers” of Jesus mentioned in Matt. 13:55. They were children of another Mary, who is described in John 19:25 as the “wife of…Continue Reading

Birth Unto This Life And The Next

July 14, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Birth Unto This Life And The Next

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK As I turned 60 this year I welcomed priests, natal and parish family, friends, and neighbors to an evening low Mass followed by dinner at our parish hall. These were my remarks for the homily at Mass:We all celebrate birthdays and all of them are important. Each of our lives is significant in the Lord’s sight. I am humbled by your presence here this evening to celebrate my natal anniversary with Holy Mass, by which we praise and thank our Lord for this and every blessing, and for our meal together afterward to enjoy each other’s company. Thank you for your love and prayers, your spiritual friendship, on this occasion and always.All of us mark…Continue Reading

Still We March . . . Thoughts On The Overturn Of Roe V. Wade

July 13, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Still We March . . . Thoughts On The Overturn Of Roe V. Wade

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on June 30. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + I like many of you will always remember where I was when I heard that Roe v. Wade had been struck down. I was in Wichita, Kansas, preaching a priests’ retreat and preparing for Mass on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Tears welled in my eyes as I ran to share the news with the bishop and priests.I have been marching in the March for Life almost uninterruptedly since 1975. We knew it was an uphill fight, but we had precedents and hope in the abolitionist movement and the Civil Rights movement that had…Continue Reading

Dying To Self To Serve Others

July 11, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Dying To Self To Serve Others

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Gen. 18:1-10aCol. 1:24-28Luke10:38-42 Hospitality is one of the hallmarks of Middle Eastern culture. We see the hospitality of Abraham in the first reading when he noticed three men standing by his tent. Perhaps he noticed that these men were not average human beings, but we do not know that. Bowing before them, Abraham begged them for the opportunity to serve them. We see that everything else that may have been happening was suddenly dropped and serving these guests was of the utmost importance.I always smile when I read this passage because I think of the patience of the men who were being served. They did not have refrigerators…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 8, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: This series on Apologetics is based on the book Catholicism & Reason. Please feel free to use the series for high schoolers or adults. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well. You can send them either to the postal mailing address or to the email address below, and we will interrupt this series to answer them. Special Course On Catholicism And Reason (Chapter 21) All of us will die one day because of Original Sin. That’s the bad news. The good news is that death is not the end; it is only a bridge from this world of joy and sorrow to the always joyful world of Heaven. It’s like going from a…Continue Reading

The Traditional Mass Is The Best Evangelizer

July 7, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Traditional Mass Is The Best Evangelizer

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Traditional Latin Mass, in my experience, evangelizes in ways that the Novus Ordo does not.In a new document issued June 29 this year, Desiderio Desideravi, Pope Francis makes claims about the Novus Ordo, which do not hold up and which better describe, in fact, the Traditional Latin Mass.So often those who pronounce with authority on the Traditional Liturgy do not pray it and thus do not know or understand it. I have offered the two liturgies side by side for over a decade, observing most closely the prayer, and effects on the faithful praying, attending each.He criticizes the Church’s Traditional Liturgy as a kind of empty formalism which cannot evangelize, when that is exactly…Continue Reading

As We March . . . Thoughts On The Miracle Of Life

July 6, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on As We March . . . Thoughts On The Miracle Of Life

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on June 27. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + I want to write more on the end of Roe v. Wade. But while that post is underway, I want to consider today the extraordinary miracle of human life. It has been like a dagger in my heart that sixty-three million children have died in this country as a result of abortion since 1973.Shocking and horrifying and so many are unmoved by this. But consider the glory of every one of those lives. At both the physical and spiritual level the magnificence of life is really too wonderful too describe. But I found this description some years…Continue Reading